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I dedicate my man of the match award to Dayal: Faf du Plessis

Last updated on: May 19, 2024 09:28 IST

IMAGE: Yash Dayal kept his cool in a tense final over to bowl Royal Challengers Bengaluru to victory over Chennai Super Kings in the IPL match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI

Royal Challengers Bengaluru skipper Faf du Plessis dedicated his player-of-the-match award to pacer Yash Dayal, who kept his cool in a tense final over to seal a 27-run victory over Chennai Super Kings in the IPL match in Bengaluru on Saturday.

RCB's sixth victory in a row helped them qualify for the IPL play-offs as CSK were knocked out.

Du Plessis was adjudged the player-of-the-match for his 54 off 39 balls which along with Virat Kohli's 47 set the foundation as RCB posted a huge 218 for 5 after being sent in to bat.


CSK needed to score 201 to qualify and they came agonisingly close to sealing the berth when Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja went hammers and tongs towards the end.  

CSK, in fact, needed 17 off the final over, but Dayal held his nerves despite being hit for a towering six by Dhoni off the first ball.

He dismissed Dhoni off the very next delivery -- CSK's all-time great top-edging the pull shot and being caught at deep square leg -- before he conceded just a single off the last four balls of the over.

"I dedicate the Man of the Match (award) to Yash Dayal. I said to him pace off on this wicket is the best option," said Du Plessis during the post-match presentation ceremony.

"What a night! Such a great atmosphere. Just a pleasure to finish the season in front of the home fans. There was a lot of rain falling on the pitch, and you don't want that moisture. It felt like a Day 5 Test match in Ranchi."

The threat of rain was looming large on the match and there was a 42-minute rain interruption too but it didn't matter in the end.

"The contributions from many batters at good strikes; I am really proud. We were defending 175 (and neither 201 nor 218); We tried to get the ball changed tonight," said du Plessis.

"It's crazy, even when we weren't winning, we had the fans here. It was set up perfectly - CSK vs RCB. Incredible!"

CSK skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad said missing out on key players made a huge difference as they finished fifth in the standings.

"I think it was a good wicket to be honest; it was spinning and gripping a little bit, but I think 200 on this ground was gettable. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals; it was a matter of one or two hits, sometimes that can happen in a T20 game," he said.

"Pretty happy with what the target was. To sum up the season, I am pretty happy to have seven wins out of 14 games. Just couldn't get over the line in the last two balls.

"With the kind of injuries we had, missing out on two frontline bowlers, not having (Devon) Conway at the top of the order as well, I think missing out on three key players made a huge difference."

Talking about the spate of injuries which affected the team, Gaikwad said: "There were many challenges for us right throughout the first game. Injury to Fizz (Mustafiur Rahman), then injruy to (Matheesha) Pathirana as well, he came back and then again Pathirana missed out. When you have injuries around, you have to get that balance in the team and pick it (the team) for every game.

"I think this season sums up well where we had to tinker around with our playing eleven, considering the injuries and all the illness (of the players) as well. Happy with the seven wins, couldn't get over the line though. Happy with it.

"We got 10 from the last two balls in our last knock-out game last year so this was a similar situation, things didn't go our way (this season) though," he added.

Gaikwad was one of the top run-scorer this season, but he said it doesn't matter as he couldn't take the team to the play-offs.

"For me, personal milestones don't really matter a lot, after all the ultimate goal is to win. If you are not getting there it's a disappointment. Doesn't matter if you score 100 runs or 500-600 runs in a season. I am disappointed," he said.

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